Standalone Showtime Service Confirmed To Launch In Coming Months

Standalone Showtime Service Confirmed To Launch In Coming Months

While CBS Corp. didn’t provide any pricing details today on the long-hinted-at standalone Showtime streaming service (a la HBO Now), the company did confirm that it will indeed be giving consumers this new cable-free option at some point in the coming months. [More]

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HBO & Showtime File Lawsuit To Block Live Streams Of Pacquiao Vs. Mayweather Fight

In case you hadn’t fallen victim to the pummeling from ads, news stories, and seemingly countless documentaries that have aired in recent weeks, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are set to square off in a Las Vegas boxing ring this weekend in a bout co-produced by Showtime and HBO. The fight won’t actually be airing live on either network; you’ll have to pony up $100 to watch it on pay-per-view. That’s why the two premium networks, along with the fight’s promoters, have filed suit to preemptively block websites from live-streaming the event. [More]

Showtime May Soon Announce Standalone Streaming Service

Showtime May Soon Announce Standalone Streaming Service

Back in Nov. 2014, CBS CEO Les Moonves said that his company’s Showtime network would “fairly definitively” launch some sort of standalone streaming service in 2015. Since then, there hasn’t really been much news about it. But since HBO has launched HBO Now without the world coming to an end, it looks like it might be time for CBS to unveil that service. [More]

Report: New Streaming TV Services Trying To Sidestep Net Neutrality Rule

Report: New Streaming TV Services Trying To Sidestep Net Neutrality Rule

A segment of consumers has for many years been begging for an unbundled, à la carte option for programming. That future is now taking its first shambling steps into our homes — only, it’s happening through the magic of the internet, and not in pay-TV subscriptions. But right now, we are in a particularly turbulent time for sorting out the rules of what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to giving preferential treatment to certain services. While the virtual ink is still drying on the brand-new, not-yet-implemented open internet rule, new players in the field of over-the-top internet TV are already trying to see just how far that rule bends. [More]

Roku And Comcast Finally Make Nice, Will Allow HBO Go And Showtime Apps

Roku And Comcast Finally Make Nice, Will Allow HBO Go And Showtime Apps

A personal anecdote, if you’ll allow… A few years back, I — ever a good son — bought my mother a Roku box for her TV (that I’d also bought her), only to find out that she, like millions of other Comcast subscribers, was not allowed to access the device’s HBO Go app because she’s a Comcast customer. But those darks days are coming to an end, now that Kabletown and Roku are suddenly buddies. [More]

With Standalone Showtime Service, Will 2015 Be The Year Of The Cord-Cutter?

With Standalone Showtime Service, Will 2015 Be The Year Of The Cord-Cutter?

If you recently read the announcement that HBO and Starz would each soon be launching their own standalone streaming services and thought, “Well, I still can’t dump cable because then I wouldn’t be able to watch Showtime,” here’s some good news — the network is planning to launch its own online-only service at some point in 2015, which may remove the final barricade to cord-cutting for some consumers. [More]

Fans Of ‘Twin Peaks’ In Need Of Fresh Pants Upon News That The Show Will Return 25 Years After It Ended

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Hear that? It’s the faint yet immediately recognizable strains of the theme to Twin Peaks, accompanied by squeals of unrestrained glee from its fans after hearing that the show will be returning to TV 25 years after it ended. Also, we’re all old because seriously, 25 years? [More]

AppleTV Users Can Now Watch Live And On-Demand Showtime Programs

Apple TV users who happen to be fans of Shameless and Ray Donovan have reason to rejoice today: Showtime Anytime is coming to the streaming service. Subscribers of the channel won’t even have to wait for programs and events to be posted on-demand, instead viewers will be able to watch Showtime’s programs live. [The Verge]

25 All-American Movies & TV Shows You Can Stream This 4th Of July

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While we usually think of fireworks, backyard barbecues and the hot sun beaming down on red, white and blue parades around the country, this year’s 4th of July celebrations might be somewhat dampened as many parts of the country face some wet weather. Or heck, maybe it’s too hot to leave the AC. Either way, we’ve got 25 movies and TV shows you can stream to stay in the American spirit. [More]

Premium TV Losing Subscribers? HBO, Starz and Showtime Say Recent Survey Is Wrong

Premium TV Losing Subscribers? HBO, Starz and Showtime Say Recent Survey Is Wrong

It didn’t seem like much of a surprise when a survey released earlier this week showed subscription video-on-demand services were on the rise and that premium TV subscriptions had declined. But the results were a surprise, at least to the three largest premium TV networks. [More]

DirecTV, TWC, Charter Mulling Over Aereo-Like Services

DirecTV, TWC, Charter Mulling Over Aereo-Like Services

While Aereo — the online service that transmits over-the-air network feeds to subscribers’ computers and mobile devices — is slugging it out with broadcasters in court, the operators of several cable and satellite services are reportedly looking to launch similar products of their own, setting the stage for an all-new TV war. [More]

Showtime Ruins Last Scene Of 'Dexter' Finale As Soon As You Start Blu-Ray Disc

Showtime Ruins Last Scene Of 'Dexter' Finale As Soon As You Start Blu-Ray Disc

If you’re a fan of the TV program “Dexter,” you will remember that something rather important happened in the last thirty seconds of the last episode of the last season. If you’ve never watched “Dexter,” imagine an equally important scene in a television program that you do care about. Or game-winning points scored by your favorite team right at the buzzer. Now imagine that you sit down to watch after some delay. In the case of reader K., that viewing is on DVD. That pivotal scene is the first thing you see, part of a promotional clip for… the very DVD you’ve just sat down to watch. So they’re spoiling something you’ve just rented or purchased, assuming that anyone who buys the DVDs had already watched the last season or failed to avoid spoilers? [More]

Starz To Delay Putting Its Shows On Netflix

Starz To Delay Putting Its Shows On Netflix

A day after hearing that Showtime will be pulling its show archive from Netflix comes bad news for fans of violent, orgy-filled TV shows about gladiators — Pay cable channel Starz won’t be rushing to put all of its original content on Netflix anymore. [More]

Showtime Will Yank Shows From Netflix Streaming

Showtime Will Yank Shows From Netflix Streaming

If you’re catching up on Showtime shows via Netflix streaming, you’d better step up your pace, because Showtime doesn’t plan on renewing its pact with the streaming company when it expires this summer. [More]

Make Time Warner Pay For Shoddy Service By Demanding Free Premium Channels

Make Time Warner Pay For Shoddy Service By Demanding Free Premium Channels

According to a tipster, Time Warner Cable resets their complaint list every three months, allowing users with shoddy service to continually request perks like free premium channels year-round without reprisal.

Showtime Takes Annoying Ads During Movies Seriously

THE QUOTE: “While some viewers may be displeased with this tactic, we have found that a number of our subscribers appreciate learning about the premiere of a series in such a manner. Nevertheless, please note that we take your comments very seriously and have forwarded your concerns to the appropriate people. Thank you for writing to us.”

Comcast Drops "West Coast" Feeds On The East Coast?

Comcast Drops "West Coast" Feeds On The East Coast?

Reader Steve says Comcast has dropped the west coast feeds on his premium channels without telling him about it. Now his sadness can not be quantified.

Free Stuff: Watch The First 2 Episodes of "The Tudors" Online

Free Stuff: Watch The First 2 Episodes of "The Tudors" Online

Don’t know if that’s consumer worthy or if Showtime is intending on it being picked up by blogs like consumerist. Either way, it’s kinda neat.

Yeah, it’s a marketing ploy. However, it’s neat and free. Who are we to judge?—MEGHANN MARCO